My Christmas Memories
When I was a child in Germany
we celebrated Christmas in the evening 24th December.
Dad would get a real tree in the morning and we were allowed to help
decorating it with our handmade decorations
like paperchains, straw stars and lanterns etc.
We made candle holders out of walnut shells.
Then we were sent out the room for a while.
We had to listen for a little bell.
Once we heard the bell we went into the room with anticipation.
The tree was lit (with real candles) presents under or next to the tree.
We did not open presents then.
Mum sat at the piano and played Christmas carols, we sang to it.
Then us children played Christmas carols on the recorder with my mum.
It was a wonderful happy, warm and peaceful feeling.
Then a record was put on with the Christmas story and a choir singing carols,
only then we started to open presents.
Everyone was happy, Dad watching the tree carefully with the candles.
We loved to blow them all out.
After all this Mum served a lovely small dinner with filled Vol-au vents,
and home baked Christmas cookies.
We spent a happy family evening together.
Always a magical Christmas for us, a special time,
and I remember it fondly filled with so much love.
Christmas tree 1969
Christmas Tree 1983
My dear Readers and Followers of my blog,
I am happy to announce that as of yesterday
I had 200.000 clicks on my blog since I started in 2012.
That is amazing.
A big Thank You to all
who clicked and even read or commented on my blog.
This blog makes me happy and I aim to make you all happy too.
Much love to all of you wonderful people!
It wouldn’t be the same without you!
…a day to enjoy travels …
I traveled North to Oslo for a short trip.
The first thing I saw in Oslo was the beautiful flowers everywhere in open spaces.
Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
~ Luther Burbank ~
Specially now in Summer
the flowers are the most vibrant!
They really do make the Earth laugh!
Click on the individual picture to enlarge them.
…international Happiness Day
home made happiness…
How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears—
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—
Wishing you an extraordinary happy day!
As it is Wednesday and I usually post on a Wednesday
I will put my favourite pictures up as it is also my Birthday today.
It is the 13th, so
13 things I love:
make people happy
beauty visible and from the inside
a good cup of tea
and my blogging community for the last 6 years!
Thank you for being here- Big Hugs
For a good start of this wonderful day
have a bowl of Sunshine and Love
and celebrate with me!